Friday, March 8th 2013 - 08:13 UTC

Emotional Cristina Fernandez back in Argentina misses Chavez funeral ceremony

As world leaders were arriving at Caracas late Thursday for Friday’s funeral ceremony of President Hugo Chavez, Argentine president Cristina Fernandez and her delegation were back in Buenos Aires. The Argentine president visited the Military Hospital’s chapel Thursday noon for a final goodbye to the Venezuelan leader and then ordered the flight back to Buenos Aires.

The Argentine president underlined the historic leadership of Chavez in Venezuela and the region

“It was an honest and emotional homage” to a very good friend of Argentina, said Senator Anibal Fernandez who was a member of the delegation.

The Argentine president flew to Caracas as soon as she was informed of Chavez’ death Tuesday evening with a small representative delegation including her sister Giselle, her daughter Florencia and Uruguayan president Jose Mujica and First Lady Senator Lucia Topolansky.

Together with Mujica and Bolivia’s Evo Morales, they were the first heads of state to mourn as honour guard the coffin of Chavez.

Earlier in that day, Argentina’s ambassador to Venezuela, Carlos Cheppi, said that Cristina Fernández “felt an affection which went far beyond protocol with Chávez.”

“When (late former president) Néstor (Kirchner) died, Chávez was very supportive emotionally for Cristina (Fernández) and her family,” continued Cheppi, adding that “this is not a situation defined by protocol but by affection, family affection,”

Argentina’s ambassador to London Alicia Castro (who was formerly ambassador to Venezuela and is known to have been close to Chávez) stated from Britain that Chávez “will continue to play a highly important role in South American unity. Chávez was a leader who was indignant against injustice, intolerant toward inequality and who reported the causes of poverty”.

Early Wednesday Cristina Fernandez together with Uruguay’s Mujica and Dilma Rousseff from Brazil released a statement expressing their ‘deep regret’ adding that ‘the best form of tribute to (Chavez) would be to preserve his legacy, activism and commitment to the regional integration project”.

“Men as Chavez don’t die, they sow. One of the great merits of Hugo was to crack a mental and cultural structure of many compatriots who believed another Venezuela was not possible”, said the Argentine president after meeting with the Chavez family.

“The massive demonstration and grief from the people only ratifies the historic leadership of Chavez in his country and in the region”, added Cristina Fernandez, adding that his great legacy for the region was “unity”.

Paraphrasing the official communiqué of 1952, when the death of Evita Peron in Argentina which also saw hundreds of thousands turn to the streets to cry and mourn the ‘the protector of the poor’, Cristina Fernandez said that “Comandante Chavez, the companion and friend, has entered history”.

The decree establishing three days mourning and flags at half mast published in the Argentine gazette and which was signed before Cristina Fernandez left on Tuesday for Caracas, the introduction reads that “with the arrival of Hugo Chavez to the (presidential) palace of Miraflores and Nestor Kirchner to the Casa Rosada in 2003, an unprecedented historic era of close links between the two countries was opened”.

Late Thursday evening, Venezuelan authorities confirmed the arrival of Brazil’s Dilma Rousseff; Cuban president Raul Castro; Colombia’s Juan Manuel Santos and Ecuador’s Rafael Correa as well as representatives from multilateral organizations from the region such as OAS Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza; ECLAC Alicia Bárcena and the Inter American Development bank president Luis Alberto Moreno, among others.


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1 Santa Fe (#) Mar 08th, 2013 - 08:31 am Report abuse
ready the Libertad shes sailing for the Falklands mark my words
2 toxictaxitrader2 (#) Mar 08th, 2013 - 08:41 am Report abuse
Who has upset her now?she is more touchy than my sisters
3 Orbit (#) Mar 08th, 2013 - 09:06 am Report abuse
@1 - indeed, very suspicious that she's missing the main event today. I hope it is the Libertad, as it's a warship as declared by ILOST, requiring intervention from our friends in the silent service.
4 reality check (#) Mar 08th, 2013 - 09:24 am Report abuse
The Falklanders have a secret weapon, it's called a water proof digital recorder.

Theydrop them in the sea off the islands and every couple of minutes it goes, “PING!!!!!” Scary has f.....!
5 Clyde15 (#) Mar 08th, 2013 - 10:23 am Report abuse
Argentina’s ambassador to London Alicia Castro (who was formerly ambassador to Venezuela and is known to have been close to Chávez)

Could we have a whip round to give her a one-way ticket to Venezuela ?
6 Captain Poppy (#) Mar 08th, 2013 - 11:18 am Report abuse
That first picture says more than a million words. She sees her end and things to come. The revolution is for the Castro boys.
7 Huntsman Extraordinaire (#) Mar 08th, 2013 - 11:22 am Report abuse
She looks like she has Jaundice
8 Optimus_Princeps (#) Mar 08th, 2013 - 11:23 am Report abuse
Who's going to give her money when she royally f$@&s up now?
9 Anbar (#) Mar 08th, 2013 - 11:24 am Report abuse
theres a ring around her neck above which the entire shade of skin changes into something rather zombie-ish.
10 briton (#) Mar 08th, 2013 - 11:48 am Report abuse
Hang on,,,,Hang on,
you forget to thank him for his support over the falklands,

oh shit, ya cant can ya.
11 Huntsman Extraordinaire (#) Mar 08th, 2013 - 11:58 am Report abuse
Muuggggghhhhh.... Maaaallllzzzzziiiiinnnaaaaaasss.......uuuuuggggghhhh....
12 reality check (#) Mar 08th, 2013 - 12:04 pm Report abuse
She will be glued to the television in the presidential palace, watching the results as they come in live on the Swingometer!
13 briton (#) Mar 08th, 2013 - 12:16 pm Report abuse
Argentina’s ambassador to London Alicia Castro (who was formerly ambassador to Venezuela and is known to have been close to Chávez)
[ well, not any more ]

Stated from Britain that Chavez “will continue to play a highly important role in South American unity
[perhaps he will rise from the beyond,]
Some people will believe anything,

No doubt she will keep he’s name alive,
Poor cow, mooo.
14 Condorito (#) Mar 08th, 2013 - 12:21 pm Report abuse
Maybe the “imperialist disease” is contagious.
at least in her advanced state of plastification she won't need embalming.
15 Frank (#) Mar 08th, 2013 - 12:24 pm Report abuse
@14 'at least in her advanced state of plastification she won't need embalming.'

She is already dead... brain dead...

If you look at that photo you can see she knows that without the Chavez freebies she is stuffed....
16 LEPRecon (#) Mar 08th, 2013 - 12:38 pm Report abuse
She's probably left early in an emotional state because Venezuela has told her that they plan on calling in all of their markers, and they expect her to pay up in full.

I wonder if she'll suddenly start calling Venezuela 'vultures' and accuse them of not acting like brothers because they won't stand by and allow her to steal all of their money.
17 reality check (#) Mar 08th, 2013 - 12:52 pm Report abuse
As the saying goes, “Somethings up.” Can not understand, what with all the solidarity and support, even to the extent of offering military assistance, from him, why she does not attend his funeral?

Maybe she is an emotional wreck, trouble with her nerves, who knows, but something is deffinately up!
18 Idlehands (#) Mar 08th, 2013 - 01:06 pm Report abuse
I would have thought it was obvious - she needs to be back in Argentina for whatever plans she has surrounding the Falklands referendum. Chavez's death has come at a very inconvienient time
19 reality check (#) Mar 08th, 2013 - 01:27 pm Report abuse
You think she is up to something, some planned stunt or other?
20 coldo (#) Mar 08th, 2013 - 01:27 pm Report abuse

Sadly I have to agree with this completely.

They have got to do something to try and deflect the focus away. A sensible approach would be to do something so radical at home that the coverage of the referendum gets side lined. In reality given the current backwards or idiotic approach to the full situation they are far more likely to sale the ARA Libertad into Port Stanley under the false guise of friendship or something then scuttle her at the harbour claiming that as she is Argentine the ground which she rests on is also Arginine and as it’s at Port Stanley The Falkland’s are also Argentine.
21 ElaineB (#) Mar 08th, 2013 - 01:30 pm Report abuse
She could easily have stayed for the funeral and been back in BaAs in plenty of time for the Falklands referendum.

She went with the intention of attending the funeral - she said as much before she left for Venezuela - but something changed her mind. It could be that there is not actually going to be a funeral anymore, more of a remembrance because Maduro has declared Chavez will be lying in state for at least another week. It is beneficial to his election campaign to have Chavez around as long as possible.

CFK has covered her early exit by stating she only went as a friend and not a President. Bullshit, of course, because she is the bloody President and should be there representing her country. And even as a friend, she should have attended. Something upset her and she threw a hissy fit.
22 Conqueror (#) Mar 08th, 2013 - 02:16 pm Report abuse
@18 I would expect that the British “Task Force” has already sailed. So inconvenient those submarines. Underwater where no-one can see them. But, of course, as all educated people know, still capable of sending and receiving radio messages. You just float an antenna up to the surface. Can't you just imagine it? Miles and miles of empty ocean. And then the message “Argentine vessel, this is Her Britannic Majesty's submarine. You have entered the Falkland Islands Zone. Reverse your course immediately. This is a final warning. This message is being recorded to show that you were warned. Leave this area immediately. We are authorised to use extreme force.” Good idea to video the sinking. First sinking of a sail ship in 200 hundred years?
23 Simon68 (#) Mar 08th, 2013 - 02:36 pm Report abuse
21 ElaineB (#)
Mar 08th, 2013 - 01:30 pm

“Something upset her and she threw a hissy fit.”

What upset her, apparently, was that she wanted to:

1) Replace Chávez as leader of the Bolivarian “revolution”,
2) Give the main speech and eulogy at the funeral.

The main speech will be given by Dilma Rousseff and Maduro is going to try for Chávez's jack-boots!!!!!!!
24 1st Sea Lord Guns (#) Mar 08th, 2013 - 03:44 pm Report abuse
My view on the subject is that she should join Chavez PDQ or preferably sooner. The next cruise liner should fire a 21 Gun salute as well as playing God save the Queen.
25 KFC de Pollo (#) Mar 08th, 2013 - 03:53 pm Report abuse
Where was her “It was an honest and emotional homage” for the 51 people who died in the train crash in Once?
26 agent999 (#) Mar 08th, 2013 - 04:16 pm Report abuse
She looked at Chavez's will and he didn't leave her anything !
27 willi1 (#) Mar 08th, 2013 - 04:19 pm Report abuse
i didn´t read all comments. maybe others have remarked it.
my feeling: all close friends to ck die...
28 Paragon (#) Mar 08th, 2013 - 04:26 pm Report abuse
If its true that Rousseff will give the main speech, then its possible that she threw a fit lol, with all the stuff about being so close to Chavez and the support she received from him when Nestor called it a day, also could be something to do with the F I's she may pull a stunt but only on the mainland not at sea or close to the islands, it would only make her look even more stupid.

@25 there has been a lot of criticism about her attitude to Once, she pissed off to Calafate when it happened and kept silent but with the death of Chavez declares 3 days of Duelo and comforts the family of Chavez. What about the victims families of Once ?
29 commonsparrow (#) Mar 08th, 2013 - 04:37 pm Report abuse
Maybe she read Forbes yesterday.
30 andy65 (#) Mar 08th, 2013 - 04:46 pm Report abuse
@commonsparrow, What a good account by Forbes,not very nice rerading for Think or BENDOVER though
31 Captain Poppy (#) Mar 08th, 2013 - 05:09 pm Report abuse
I'm thinking the real reason she left is two fold.

1- The was no suitcase full of money he promised her.
2-SHe saw how the people loved him and she can never have that.

So it seems she had to return to destroy Argentina at a much faster pace.....all so she can take care of the poor (that she created) and to be loved more. Peronist logic.
32 ChrisR (#) Mar 08th, 2013 - 05:29 pm Report abuse
29 commonsparrow

Good report apart from one fatal error.

Those of us who follow AR and its finances are convinced that the so called reserves are a lie.

There is ample evidence to support that with TMBOA having to raid the Central Bank AGAIN this year. ANSES only has IOUs from the government and INDEC is the institution providing most of these data.

Anyone believe INDEC? No, I didn't think so.

And now, as those of us referred to above already thought: the economy tanked last year - OFFICIAL.

So is there even USD 1.3 Bn in the kitty? There may be, but not for spending on the bond holders, it will be needed to buy LNG to heat the homes over winter or there will be yet another round of pot-banging in BsAS, this time serious.
33 yankeeboy (#) Mar 08th, 2013 - 05:34 pm Report abuse
Argentina had to keep two LNG tankers in port because they didn't issue payment and the captain wouldn't unload it without the wire.
They have only committed to 75% of the LNG they need to get through the winter.
I think they are desperate for U$ and are panicked. Absolutely panicked.
34 Usurping Pirate (#) Mar 08th, 2013 - 05:37 pm Report abuse
Poor little darling , she couldn't take the heat , apparently . But then again , we all knew that already , well the non Camporistas amongst us did .
35 reality check (#) Mar 08th, 2013 - 06:23 pm Report abuse
Suprise, suprise, just watched coverage of the srevice on TV News, Sean PENN is there.
36 Ayayay (#) Mar 08th, 2013 - 06:56 pm Report abuse
@23 Ding ding ding!! I think we have the winning answer :)
37 clyde osborn (#) Mar 08th, 2013 - 07:04 pm
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38 Condorito (#) Mar 08th, 2013 - 07:09 pm Report abuse
@36 My thoughts precisely.

@23 Simon
Good to hear from you...and you've nailed it.
39 clyde osborn (#) Mar 08th, 2013 - 07:20 pm
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40 slattzzz (#) Mar 08th, 2013 - 07:25 pm Report abuse
I reckon something will kick off Sat or Sun, it will something trivial and a publicity stunt but enough to bring attention to rgenweeners cause
41 briton (#) Mar 08th, 2013 - 07:48 pm Report abuse
Aparently she is not popular with the people,
some stated she showed an insult by leaving,

come the referendum,
she would have lost another victory.
42 slattzzz (#) Mar 08th, 2013 - 08:00 pm Report abuse
perhaps she's planning a preemptive strike on the UK to coincide with her pals in N Koreas on Washington using a nuclear weapon 100% designed and built in rgenweener :)
@39 sussie please use you own name you are not clever enough to pretend to be other people
43 Room101 (#) Mar 08th, 2013 - 09:00 pm Report abuse
CFK might also have been thinking what some of us all feel when a significant “other” dies: that our own mortality is unpredictable as to “when” and “where” and “how”. If you are a leader then your own leadership is even less of a done deal as you might think.
44 briton (#) Mar 08th, 2013 - 10:14 pm Report abuse
mothers day =roses meals and CFK.

Poor CFK,
What a disastrous start to the now very unlucky 2013-
Her face frankly says it all,
She is tired exhausted and worn out,
No amount of plastic surgery can now deplete the sad lines of external failure,

We are perhaps seeing the final curtain of a debunked leader admired by her loyal indocronoughts,
And yet depleted support,
Her frankly, greedy obsession with the British Falklands, is falling apart,
Her failed attempt to cover up incompetence fraud corruption,
And the sorry state of her own country, bordering on a complete meltdown, is frankly a shameful decade in argentine history,

And yet the remedy and cure already for all to see, her retirement and replacement by a modern thinking person, who will recognise the self determination of the Falklands, and to let them be permanently none argentine, is sadly long over due,

Come Sunday and Monday the islanders will tell the world that they wish at this time to remain British, and for CFK and argentina to leave them alone in peace,
Thus in turn completely fxcking up CFKS last great failure,
And a failed victory,
Yes, 2013 will be a great year for the British, and even better for the Falkland islanders,
Its soon mothers day, where she can at last rest and see her future unfold,
A hero to some, a pain in the backside to the rest of the world,
Enjoy mothers day, then retire and fade into history, your time has come ,
Go now before you are pushed.

Just a happy thought.
45 cornelius (#) Mar 08th, 2013 - 11:30 pm Report abuse
The bitch should worry now and all the lefties ignorant bastards.
Chavez is the worst that could happen to all the ignorant in Latin America.
The idiots do not understand a false prophet.
Now Venezuela Have their Peron takes look at Argentina that is your future Venezuela.
What bunch of losers looters?
Well the will be war in Venezuela just like in Argentina after Peron.
46 andy65 (#) Mar 08th, 2013 - 11:49 pm Report abuse
There as always been talk that Kiechner and Alicia Castro were both Chavez's bitches
47 slattzzz (#) Mar 09th, 2013 - 12:06 am Report abuse
@46 poor man
48 jimmy colburn (#) Mar 09th, 2013 - 01:41 am Report abuse
who cares?
49 Escoses Doido (#) Mar 09th, 2013 - 10:23 am Report abuse
I think she was told to STFU about the Falklands, so there was no point in her staying, and trying to grab the dias.
50 Ayayay (#) Mar 09th, 2013 - 09:30 pm Report abuse
There was the chance of that. Plus Dilma means success! and multiculturalism and she even put her time on the ground.
51 British_Kirchnerist (#) Mar 10th, 2013 - 01:11 am Report abuse
This kind of despicable hackery, trying to pick apart the solidarity both political and personal of great figures like Chavez and Cristina, at best using all the unnevenness of their hmanity, like all of ours, agianst them, but more often than not ingulging in distortions and lies, is one of the reasons why I haven't been bothering to come here for some time. I know it should be combatted, but in the end it seems, incorrigible haters are gonna hate. RIP comrade Chavez, long life and power to the lovely Cristina
52 Captain Poppy (#) Mar 10th, 2013 - 01:26 am Report abuse
Interesting article:
53 British_Kirchnerist (#) Mar 10th, 2013 - 01:31 am Report abuse
#52 Its not really news that Brazil is more domestically moderate than Venezuela though is it?! But your article hardly fits with the idea that Cristina left because Dilma was going to give the oration; how could she do so from Brazil?! Whatever the different paces of their domestic policies, there is no indication at all that any of the left led countries in the region are planning to crawl back to the imperialist and neoliberal camp with their tail between their legs...
54 Captain Poppy (#) Mar 10th, 2013 - 03:54 am Report abuse
The trolls most be in therir glory not having to defend argentina. All eyes are on Chubbie's glorious and painful death.
55 Frank (#) Mar 10th, 2013 - 07:42 am Report abuse
So neither Dilma or KFC could be bothered staying for the main event..... nice....
56 Clyde15 (#) Mar 10th, 2013 - 11:07 am Report abuse
Welcome back. We have all missed your sycophantic postings and erudite English. When can we expect “the running dogs of capitalism” to feature from the Marxist book of cliches.
57 Captain Poppy (#) Mar 10th, 2013 - 11:31 am Report abuse
Frank they are both getting ready to go out begging for DFI and can't be seen amid the likes of those it will matter.
58 Lampy (#) Mar 10th, 2013 - 12:28 pm Report abuse
I was having dinner last night with some Argentinians and they all think she left to avoid being photographed with Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Would be a little embarrassing to be seen cosying up to him and difficult to explain to America whose support she wants over the Falklands vote !!!
59 Ayayay (#) Mar 10th, 2013 - 05:37 pm Report abuse
Maybe neither of them were chosen for the oration. Did you see a lot of women being represented at that service.
Not very female friendly.
60 Troy Tempest (#) Mar 11th, 2013 - 03:50 am Report abuse
@53 fake-Brit Kirchnerist

“Whatever the different paces of their domestic policies, there is no indication at all that any of the left led countries in the region are planning to crawl back to the imperialist and neoliberal camp with their tail between their legs...”

Are you serious, you Communist twit ??

Why should the countries with viable, growing economies tether themselves to the dysfunctional politics and self- destructive and limiting economic policies of Mercosur and Argentina who have screwed themselves??

Fine for Argentina, “misery loves company”, etc.

However, Brazil has huge potential - they, for one, could greatly expand their trade and economic growth by trading outside with the likes of the US, UK, Asia!!

Foreign Capitsl investment and joint industrial ventures, not available to Argentina, WILL be a big boon to Brazil, bringing them up to an economic leader in the decades to come.

Not so, for backward-looking Argentina.

61 cornelius (#) Mar 11th, 2013 - 08:50 am Report abuse
I agree Brazil have a great potential they always did but take a look who is running the country left wing presidents just this week Dilma is lowering the taxes for food but she will increase the taxes to business all she is doing is a transfer of wealth she still expanding her welfare program she is reversing some of Lula free market approach( Intervening with price control) brazil is o ready uncompetitive that is why they push hard for Venezuela to get in the Mercosur they need Venezuela for uncompetitive trade which is collapsing under their social unsustainable program Venezuela is a disaster but the in south America they are brain dead to see the socialism of the 21th century is the same disaster that all ways was.

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